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Wednesday, January 19, 2011 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Hedge funds are so 2000s. The exclusive investments of the rich and richer may be on their way out; in their place institutional investors and investment advisors are buying alternative mutual funds and ETFs. A survey by the investment research company Morningstar, and Barron’s, the investment magazine, found that the liquidity and transparency of mutual

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Friday, January 14, 2011 10:57 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Investing is not always as straightforward as it seems. As some may recall, the world of high-frequency trading was thrust into the spotlight last May when the Dow Jones plunged nearly 700 points in just a few minutes. The Securities and Exchange Commission investigated the incident and traced it back to one large sell order

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Shareholders were given the right to vote on executive pay in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Every one, two or three years, according to the law, investors will be able to vote executive compensation packages up or down. The vote can be nonbinding or binding. Additionally, at least every six years,

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Friday, January 7, 2011 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Coming months may be stressful for some municipalities but Moody’s Investor Service does not expect any state governments to default on Moody’s-rated debt in 2011. The ratings agency expects only a few local governments to default on debt obligations this year. In a new report released Thursday, Moody’s concluded that most U.S. municipalities are well-equipped

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Last year the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act passed into law. Among the many other financial issues it dealt with, the act empowered the SEC to study the need for fiduciary standards for broker-dealers and then pass a rule imposing the standard. Congress gave the SEC six months to look at the

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Thursday, December 30, 2010 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Nearly half of Americans, 45 percent, believe the economy will stay the same in 2011, the Harris Poll has found. The Harris Poll is conducted by pollster Harris Interactive.   Twenty-nine percent of Americans believe the economy will get better while 26 percent say it will get worse. Despite those somewhat dour sentiments, there seem to be

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Exchange-traded funds were introduced back in 1993 and have enjoyed increasing popularity ever since. Despite that popularity and accolades from the investment industry, most investors say they don’t know what ETFs are. That’s according to a recent survey by Mintel, a market research company. The survey found that only 5 percent of respondents own ETFs. Sixty-five

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Friday, December 24, 2010 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Bond mutual fund investors may be warming to the possibility of an improving economy. Last week funds saw the largest withdrawals in two years, Bloomberg.com reported on Wednesday. According to Investment Company Institute, or ICI, statistics, investors pulled $8.62 billion out of bond mutual funds the week of Dec. 15. Institutional investors may have been

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010 11:07 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

With a new year just around the corner, it’s time for Americans to consider setting some resolutions. This year, in addition to revisiting perennial favorites like losing weight, eating healthier and exercising more, some investing resolutions may be in order.  If you’ve been remiss in getting your financial house in order, the beginning of the

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The end of the year is the time when every publication likes to roll out their predictions for next year. Don’t worry, Bankrate’s 2011 outlook story is on the way. A survey of 55 economists by the Wall Street Journal has found that most are optimistic about  economic growth in the U.S. next year. The

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